Things to do this weekend in Ireland | Oct 12 - 14

A selection of events, activities and things to do in Ireland this weekend.

Great Pink Run

With 1 in 9 women developing the Breast Cancer in their lifetime, everybody knows someone that has been affected, whether a family relative, friend or member within the community. Breast Cancer Ireland’s Great Pink Run fundraiser with Avonmore Slimline Milk is on this Saturday in Dublin's Phoenix Park and Sunday in the grounds of Kilkenny Castle.

With a 10k Challenge as well as a 5k Fun Run, Jog or Walk the dog, there is something for everyone.

Northern Ireland Potato Festival

The Northern Ireland Annual Potato Festival returns on Saturday 13th October, celebrating our rich potato history with a fun programme of activities and events in the grounds of the Causeway Hotel. The festival also coincides with the National Trust free open day at The Giant's Causeway.

DEAL: Family tickets from only €10 to Red Mountain Open Farm

Wainfest | Annual Arts and Book Festival

Wainfest is an annual week-long, countywide arts and book festival dedicated to children in Donegal. There is a total of 151 events taking place in many favourite familiar haunts as well as some exciting new partner locations, over eight days.

Eugene O'Neill International Festival of Theatre

Celebrating the life and work of the award-winning Irish-American playwright, Eugene O’Neill in New Ross from 10th-14th October. Most of the festival will take place in the historic St Michael’s Theatre, but there will also be a site-specific production of O’Neill’s Glencairn cycle of one-act sea plays at the Dunbrody Famine Ship anchored in New Ross.

Ennis Food Festival

Eat your way through the weekend at the Bike Buffet, Local Artisan Food Market, Chocolate Adventure & Eat My Shop Food Trail and many other events in Ennis restaurants and food venues.


LEGO Brickx Club Ireland presents Brickxology Mullagh, a fun day out for all the family on Sunday. Enjoy a day of creativity for all ages in aid of St. Killians NS.

Book: Playcentre, Kingscourt, Halloween Party

Open House Dublin

Ireland’s largest architecture festival invite everyone to explore their city in a different way. It works through a simple but powerful idea: showcasing outstanding architecture for everyone to experience.  Open House Junior features an exciting mix of workshops and tours will provide entertainment and stimulating experiences for all ages, from toddlers to teenagers. All tours are completely free!

Iron Craft Festival

Featuring Blacksmithing Demonstrations, Masterclasses, Workshops, Talks and Exhibitions; Traditional Skills and Craft Displays; Music, Dance, Food, Street Entertainment and Lots More, this Family Festival has something for everybody. 

Bualadh Bos Children's Festival

Bualadh Bos Children’s Festival captures the imagination of young audiences in Limerick with magical theatre in the Lime Tree & The Belltable, book readings, talks, interactive workshops and more.

Performances this weekend include How to Catch a Star,  Children are Stinky, Old McDonald & the Three Pigs Plus as well as illustrator workshops and free storytelling with Roisin Meane.

Book: Spooktacular Pumpkin Party at The Ark, Puddenhill

Harvest Fair at Ballance House

Enjoy snacks and treats in the Ballance House tea barn and visit the local craft market stalls, themed apple craft activities for the children, flower-arranging, wood-carving demos. and a silent auction.

Bookville Kilkenny

Bookville is Kilkenny’s exciting new festival taking place from 9-16 October that celebrate books, writing, animation, illustration, comedy and all those magical things that come together to create a good story. Events this weekend include Baby Boogie with Jessica Rowell in Castlecomer Library on Friday, Hopscotch in the Sky with Lucinda Jacob in Urlingford library on Saturday and storytelling with Grainne Clear in The Arts Office, Kilkenny on Sunday afternoon.

Connemara Green Festival

The 4th Connemara Green Festival takes place this weekend in Letterfrack village, Connemara with lots of fun family events including walks, nature workshops,, vegetarian cooking demonstrations, pond dipping, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and boat trips in Letterfrack Bay.

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